NINTENDO looks set to launch two new variants of its all-conquering Switch console.
The company launched the Switch as what was widely seen as its "last roll of the dice" following the failure of the Wii U to capture the public imagination. It has gone on to become Nintendo's most successful console, and now the company wants to capitalise on its appeal.
A report in the Wall Street Journal (paywalled) suggests that the company is looking at a paired down version aimed at the budget market as well as a souped-up version for dedicated gamers.
The budget version will ditch the detachable joycons and the ‘rumble' functionality, in favour of a more traditional portable games console, which will become the successor to the ageing Nintendo 3DS.
The higher-end model isn't as clear - a souped-up processor seems likely, but there may well be more to it than that. As ever, Nintendo isn't about to ‘fess up - it never comments on rumours. Or proven facts for that matter.
Given that the Nvidia Tegra X1 processor that powers the Switch is now four-years-old, and that Nintendo has said it has no immediate plans for a next-generation console, it seems likely that a processor upgrade is the next logical step, but Nvidia hasn't actually come up with a successor to the X1, which will leave Nintendo is a bit of a pickle over where to source it.
Although there's no immediate threat from rivals launching a significant upgrade to their own consoles, there is more competition, particularly in the casual market, from the likes of Google's recently announced Stadia streaming service and a similar service from Apple believed to be in the works. Nintendo is in great condition right now, and won't be wanting to slip behind.
The article suggests that any announcement will be made at the E3 Gamers' Show in June. μ
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